'Star Wars: Episode VII' Confirms Screenwriter Michael Arndt

The Oscar-winning 'Little Miss Sunshine' writer will tackle the latest installment of this franchise set in a galaxy far, far away.
LucasFilm confirms Michael Arndt will write the script for Star Wars: Episode VII
LucasFilm confirms Michael Arndt will write the script for Star Wars: Episode VII
Yesterday, we reported that Michael Arndt has turned in a 50-page treatment for Star Wars: Episode VII. Today, LucasFilm confirms that the Oscar-winning writer will indeed pen the screenplay for this highly-anticipated sequel.

Take a look at the statement released by LucasFilm.

"As pre-production of Star Wars: Episode VII begins, Lucasfilm has confirmed that award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for the new Star Wars film. As revealed in the ongoing video series posted here on StarWars.com, Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas have begun story conferences with Arndt. Arndt won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for writing Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing Toy Story 3 (2010).

For more news about Star Wars: Episode VII - slated for a 2015 release - keep checking StarWars.com."


Michael Arndt also wrote upcoming movies such as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Oblivion, both set for release next year. Now that the question of who will write Star Wars: Episode VII is out of the way, the big question is who will direct? Will it be previously-mentioned candidates such as Matthew Vaughn or Colin Trevorrow? Will another filmmaker come out of left field to snatch the coveted gig? Stay tuned. You'll know as soon as we do.

Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.



Sources: StarWars.com

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Comments (25)

  1. Fred

    I think Kasdan should have been the immediate go to. Save the newbies for the spin off universes'.

    1 year agoby @fredFlag

  2. TheStonedReviewer

    Good choice

    1 year agoby @stonedFlag

  3. the Narrator

    Agreed, @comicbookfan. Jaina, Jacen, and Anakin better be on the up and up!

    1 year agoby @narratorFlag

  4. skywise

    Very interesting choice.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  5. K-Man

    I actually have a good feeling about this guy. I guess we will have a better idea of what he is capable of in this genre once Oblivion comes out.

    1 year agoby @k-manFlag

  6. SherlockHolmes2009

    @the-movieghost I get what your saying, I think they should have looked at him and other writers more thourghly but I think he'd definetly be a good choice because Star Wars is really a PG-13 type film and he writes award nominated and award winning screenplays so he maybe good but i think it was rushed

    1 year agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  7. CBF

    Guy looks like a douche. The one thing for the new trilogy is that they better keep the Skywalker/Solo families intact and respect the canon that has been established.

    1 year agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  8. thedude-abides

    I like this choice

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  9. Sean

    As long as the studio likes his script for Star Wars Episode 7, then i think it will turn out to be good.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  10. Josh

    Awesome news. Quality work under his belt, especially the great sense of adventure and pathos in Toy Story 3, that is a perfect fit for Star Wars.

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  11. ROFLitschristian

    The man wrote the screenplay for Toy Story 3. Why the hell are people arguing against him!? I give this news a "Hell yeah, f*ck yeah, sh*t yeah" approval!

    1 year agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  12. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Dunno about you guys, but I'm thinking of sending my resume to LucasFilm next year to be a PA or anything on this new trilogy.

    On a side note, let's keep an open mind. Man has a single Oscar and a well written script for Toy Story 3, plust a few screenplays already approved for highly anticipated movies/sequels for 2013. Until said time of 2015, we have these projects to judge the man's writing and story telling. Judge him by then...

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  13. The Real Goku

    ANY WRITER OR DIRECTOR hired to work on this film will fail one way or another. Expectations are way too high and Star Wars fans are NEVER satisfied

    1 year agoby @therealGokuFlag

  14. Xenon

    still no- little mis sunshine was a waste of a film.
    Only a sci-fi writer could write this or fantasy.

    1 year agoby @xenon56Flag

  15. Corey W.

    a great writer*

    1 year agoby @coreyFlag

  16. Corey W.

    Huh, can't really judge this. The guy is a great writing, he has the Oscar to prove it....but does he have the skills to write a science-fiction film as huge as Star Wars? That's the question.

    1 year agoby @coreyFlag

  17. Superman81

    I'll will wait to pass judgement but it seems like they are really rushing this. They need to take their time and make the best decision or this new trilogy will not be any better than the last.

    1 year agoby @superman81Flag

  18. deepsky926

    But Star Wars doesn't need to be rated R

    1 year agoby @deepsky926Flag

  19. deepsky926

    Highly doubting a rated R movie from Disney...

    1 year agoby @deepsky926Flag

  20. ejk1

    Real News on Star Wars. Yay.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  21. TheBugg

    Don't f*ck it up

    1 year agoby @joebuggFlag

  22. Xenon

    no- get someone else.

    1 year agoby @xenon56Flag

  23. LuxoIII

    That is excellent news! Good to know they are going for quality, here!

    1 year agoby @brady1138Flag

  24. Hardy8150

    Matthew Vaughn -
    Rated R would be awesome though

    1 year agoby @hardy8150Flag

  25. the MovieGhost

    So aside from what was mentioned above, what has this guy written? Is he really the best choice for Star Wars?

    1 year agoby @the-movieghostFlag